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Preparing Your Home For A Spring Kitchen Remodel

As the Winter comes to an end, the planning that homeowners have been doing surrounding their remodel ideas will start to be put into action. Remodeling in the Spring is a great idea because it gives you the rest of the year indoors and outdoors to enjoy the work that has been done.

Here are some ways that you can get ready for a Spring Kitchen remodel this year:

Have a 3D model built for you:

If you have ever been cabinet shopping before, you will likely remember that a lot of cabinet showrooms have beautiful kitchen display units already built. So it is possible to travel around to different showrooms and view the latest designs by local manufacturers. At the same time at companies like, they stock all their inventory in their warehouse in Pennsylvania, but they display it all online. In order to help you to make the best possible choice, they have an online 3D Model option that will allow you to create 3D models of what you want with a consultant for free. Once you have your model, you can compare it with what you intended to do so that you can validate that it is the best choice for you.

Consider refacing as an option:

When you reface your cabinets, you continue to use the exact same cabinet configuration in your kitchen. The upgrade is where you pull the wood off the facing and then pull the door and drawer faces off and replace them with a new design, style, and color. An installation like this takes almost no time. Normally the homeowner that requested the upgrade will end up saving quite a bit of money on affordable quality cabinets that end up looking like they are installed custom cabinets when they are done.

Use customer service online to help you design:

You are likely pretty busy. You don’t have time to run around to 100 stores hoping that you will bump into the perfect cabinets for your home. If you decide instead to purchase your cabinets online at a place like, feel free to use their customer service to answer any questions that you have about the design process. Stores that are online to help you save money often staff their website with expert employees that can give you pointers that will save you time and money

Special Offer For Beautiful Blooms For Valentine’s Day

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Let’s admit it! Some of you may be in the panic mode now because Valentine’s Day is just few days away. Have you bought that nice bouquet of flowers for your special someone, for your mum, for your lovely best friends who also deserve recognition this Love’s Day?

Well,  I have several discount codes you can use for BloomThat so you can purchase that beautiful bouquet this Valentine’s Day. Just take note that they are good only until Feb. 14!

the TU HOT TU HANDLE Bouquet




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Earn Money to Pay for Your Coveted Formal Gown

It’s not too early to start thinking about prom. And, it’s certainly not too early to think about the price of prom. If you start adding up the costs, it can end up with a big amount. Consider the price of a prom-posal, prom tickets, dress and prep, the cost can be bigger that what you expect. There was a survey that noted that “the average U.S. family plans to spend about $919 on a prom-going teen, with parents covering as much as 73% of the costs.” Believe it or not, prom costs are actually going down — that $919 quote is actually less than a quote from 2013 ($1,139).

Whether your peers are thinking that prom is actually a three-hour dress-up party that requires less extravagant spending or, feasibly, that teens are realizing they need to contribute more to the cost, rather than relying on their parents to foot the bill. Some parents may not be able to help pay for any prom expenses.

That said, one of the best choices a teen can make is to look into helping pay the costs, by getting a part-time job. It’s important to look into jobs that will not cut severely into your school and study time. If you are an athlete, with team practices to take into account, it is a solid factor.

You’ll want to look elegant for prom, so you might want to opt for black prom dresses from Peaches Boutique. Black is a solid color choice, as it is elegant, sophisticated and coordinates well with accessories. You may have an idea on what you’ll wear for the big night but you also have to consider about the costs.

A job, albeit part-time is great to put on your college application. Here are some suggestions noted as the top teen jobs, as noted by the website Money Crashers:

  • animal shelter worker
  • arts & crafts, production and sales
  • babysitting
  • car wash attendant
  • document and photographic archival services
  • grocery store employee
  • landscaper/lawn care
  • pizza delivery (tips!)
  • packing and moving services
  • personal assistant services (including dog walker)
  • restaurant wait staff
  • retail jobs
  • tutor
  • warehouse and distribution job
  • web designer

There’s are job sites on the Internet which breaks down jobs that start hiring staff as young as the age of 14. They have lists of jobs for those who are 15-years-old and those who are 16-years-old. Most teens, during the school year, are going to be looking for part-time work. During the summer and holiday breaks, though, teens may want to extend their working hours to get the maximum amount of salary received. There’s a helpful list of chain stores which hire teens when they are 16, and includes:

  • Denny’s
  • Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
  • Levi’s
  • Hardee’s
  • Kmart
  • Toys ‘R’ Us
  • In n Out burgers
  • Target
  • Burger King
  • Best Buy
  • Jamba Juice
  • Nike Store
  • Wendy’s
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Starbucks
  • Sears
  • Pizza Hut
  • JC Penny
  • TGI Fridays

A handful of stores will take 15-year-olds and even more will take teens starting at the age of 18-years-old. With the money you earn from your part time work, you’ll never have to worry about prom costs. You can surely get that dress you’ve been dreaming of!


Avoid the Obvious When Giving a New Baby Gift

When someone you care about is expecting or just brought a baby home, your first instinct, after congratulations and wanting to see their precious little bundle is going to be, “What gift can I give that will be different from all their other friends’ gifts?”

It’s absolutely legitimate and thoughtful to consider something they’re definitely going to need, like going in with other friends to buy a car seat or stroller. But, we’re here to tell you that unless the parents (or parents-to-be) are really financially challenged, they’re going to want to choose their own car seat, stroller, crib or better mobile décor. You could then buy a bunch of different sized diapers – but you don’t know if they’ll want to use cloth or paper. You might consider a diaper washing service. However, you just don’t know what their plans are.

When you’re looking for baby gifts (and who wants to give used or old gifts, anyway?), you want that practicality but also a lot of cuteness and better way to present something that will visually be impressive. You can shop online for some beautiful choices of new baby gifts.

In addition to the special and unique nature of beautifully presented box of baby gifts, you may want to supplement it with something very unusual. If you are particularly close to a family with a new baby, you’re likely going to want to gift them before the baby is born, likely at a baby shower (and for family members, you may even want to give them “a little something” when they share their big news). You’re also going to want to bring something when the baby arrives to congratulate the family. And, finally, if you’re this close to the parents, you may be invited to a christening or bris – and all these take place before the baby’s first birthday!

Here are some unique gifts:


While wood building blocks are a classic dating back generations, today building blocks are not only available in the traditional letters of the alphabet or barnyard animals. We’ve seen blocks in foreign languages (including, for example, in Spanish, Mandarin, Sign Language [we’ve seen them in ASL] and Hebrew). There are also building blocks with nursery rhyme quotes on them – you can read to your baby as you play. There are also building blocks featuring the 118 elements of the periodic table – and before you dismiss this as too “Tiger Mom” or “so Millennial,” they’re actually a great way to introduce the basics of chemistry. You may have a budding scientist who’ll take to the very brightly coloured blocks printed in non-toxic paint like a baby Pasteur.


In addition to baby-sized hand-knit version of trendy adult caps (think pink “kitty ears”), there are lots of fun items available. If you have someone you know well who also knits well, you can ask them to make you, for example, booties in the shape of and with the design of footballs, or with the earmarks of ballet slippers. Additionally, a fun way to swaddle a baby and hop on a trend is to buy or have one made: a mermaid or merman tail! Paired with a simple white onesie or “T,” it’s an adorable look.


One thing just about every parent is going to do with their baby is to read to them, before naps, and likely every single bedtime. Babies and toddler will develop favourites, and if you have a children’s author you particularly like or whose message resonates with you, consider getting a matching set (they are easy to help decorate a room and don’t look cluttered) of the hard cardboard baby books. Authors beloved by parents and children and who write positive empowering messages include: Margaret Wise Brown, Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, Baby Einstein, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Peter Rabbit, Winnie the Pooh, and of course, Sandra Boynton.
These are some unexpected baby gift ideas you may have never thought of. Stay unique by giving parents-to-be with these gifts.


Portable Loooqs Universal Smartphone LED Flash Light for Awesome Selfies

Let’s all admit it, the “selfie” fever has taken a bite on us whether we want to acknowledge it or not. I am not one to pose endlessly for selfies but I do engage in taking nice selfies to post in my social accounts, especially for my travel blog and channels. Of course, for my family and friends to be updated with what’s the latest happening in my life and how I look like currently.

I am not very good at selfie. I don’t take long thoughts on which pose is best or what to post amongst the many pictures I have taken just to look good. However, I am very particular with lighting and exposure since I usually post my selfies in my blogs and social channels that are related to my blogs.  So, the Loooqs Universal Smartphone LED Flash Light from is something I am keen to have and take along on my travels.

Loooqs Universal Smartphone LED Flash Light is very compact, as in tiny enough to fit even your vest pocket. I can actually fit it in my small beauty pouch to carry with me everywhere I go. It is very lightweight too. I think my pressed powder is heavier than this cute flashlight for selfies.

This portable (and very cute!) LED flashlight is perfect for those precious selfies you need to have and post. It gives off right illumination to improve photos that are taken in darker environment. I like this gadget a lot because it is also easy to operate. It has a small switch to power on and off just by flicking it. It can also be charged using the USB cable that goes with the LED flashlight. Since it is a very tiny gadget which utilizes small power, it does not feed off power form your laptop or any source of charge.

(The four small LED lights are also perfect when illuminating a room!)



I know, most smartphones now have built in flash that can also be used to illuminate while taking photos. However, it can drain much of your phones battery too and this Loooqs Univeral Smartphone LED Flash Light does not eat much power. I also noticed that when I am taking a selfie using the front camera of my iPhone, the photo is a bit grainy even when there is suitable light around. Imagine a grainer snap with a darker surrounding. So, this LED flashlight really helps in improving the quality of my selfies.

This LED flashlight is usable to both iOS and Android phones. It has an universal jack that can fit the earphone socket.

Will I use this frequently? You bet! I know that this small and portable LED flashlight will be perfect for my travels as well especially when taking nice selfies in beautiful places even at dusk.

You can buy the Loooqs Univeral Smartphone LED Flash Light  at


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